Sun, July 14, 2019. 2 pm - 4 pm
Hermeticism and the Tarot
A Workshop with Alchemical Tarot creator Robert Place
In the ancient city of Alexandria, the Egyptian, Jewish, and Greek cultures merged to become one amalgamated Hellenistic culture. In this melting pot, the Egyptian god Thoth (god of magic and words of power) became equated with the Greek Hermes (god of communication, magic, and wisdom) and was credited as the author of a series of texts that covered magic, alchemy, and astrology. These Hermetic texts became the cornerstone of Western mystical tradition. In this workshop we’ll use The Alchemical Tarot to learn how and why Hermeticism was infused into the Tarot from its origin. We’ll examine how the two work in tandem to help guide your life via this ancient wisdom. We will discuss symbolism and learn how to read the cards as a message from our inner wiser self, a message made even deeper by the Hermetic wisdom layered into the cards’ meaning.

Cost: $20 if registered and prepaid by Jul 12th; $25 if registering after the 12th.

Teacher Bio: Robert M Place designer of The Alchemical Tarot, The Alchemical Tarot Renewed, The Tarot of the Sevenfold Mystery, The Facsimile Italian Renaissance Woodcut Tarocchi, The Tarot of the Saints, The Buddha Tarot, The Vampire Tarot, The Angels Tarot, and the Marziano Tarot. He is the author of the books that accompany most of these decks. He has also authored The Tarot: History, Symbolism, and Divination, which Booklist has said, "may be the best book ever written on that deck of cards decorated with mysterious images called the tarot." He is the author of Astrology and Divination, Magic and Alchemy, and Shamanism, written for the Mysteries, Legends, and Unexplained Phenomena series, and the author of Alchemy and the Tarot. He is the curator of The Fools. Journey and the author of the catalog for this exhibition of Tarot art that originated at the LA Craft and Folk Art Museum in 2010. He was the guest of honor at the opening of the Tarot Museum in Riola, Italy in 2007. His Facsimile Tarocchi is included in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

He has taught and lectured throughout the United States, and in Europe, Australia, and Brazil. He and his work have appeared on the BBC series "The Book of Thoth," the Discovery Channel series "Strictly Supernatural," and on the Learning Channel and A&E. He has been a frequent guest on the Woodstock Roundtable on WDST-FM, People are Talking on WKZE-FM , and Mystic Musings on KKUP FM, Darkness on the Edge of Town on KTLK FM, and the Tarot Tribe on Blog Talk Radio.

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